Two area men, one from Jamestown and one from Brownsburg, are awaiting extradition to Kentucky in connection with the murder of a man who was found shot to death in May.
Kentucky State Police arrested Derek R. Lucas, 21, of Jamestown, Sevonte Sumpter-Bey, 20, of Brownsburg, and a juvenile male last week in Hendricks County. The Brownsburg Police Department assisted.
The adults are being held in the Hendricks County Jail. Local and Kentucky authorities did not reveal the juvenile’s age or whereabouts, but he is also expected to be extradited.
The adults are accused of robbing and murdering 47-year-old Justin Wix in rural Allen County, Ky., near the Kentucky-Tennessee border, on May 7.
Wix’s son worried when his father did not answer texts and went to his home, where he found his father’s body in the yard, according to Kentucky television news reports. The family said there was a fight over a girl, according to one report. Wix was divorced and was the father of four children – two sons and two daughters.
The Allen County Coroner pronounced Wix dead at the scene. Wix suffered multiple gunshot wounds, Trooper Daniel Priddy, Kentucky State Police, said in a statement at the time.
Police will not release details or a motive for the murder, pending extradition. The men will receive their Kentucky warrants once they reach a jail there, and formal charges will be revealed to the public thereafter, Priddy said Monday.
Lucas has a record of misdemeanors in Indiana. He pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct in September, possession of marijuana in June and operating with an alcohol concentration of at least .02 but less than .08 and being younger than 21 in 2018.
Sumpter-Bey faces two pending criminal cases in Hendricks County. He was charged Sept. 9 with battery by bodily waste with a public safety officer as the victim, resisting law enforcement, criminal mischief and possession of marijuana; and in April with battery resulting in bodily injury, disorderly conduct, engages in fighting or tumultuous conduct.
Hendricks County Sheriff’s Capt. Amanda Goings did not know the date Lucas and Sumpter-Bey will be extradited but said they are being held without bond.
“We won’t release them from here,” she said. “They will have to go to Kentucky and face what they’ve done.”